Win-Door North America 2013 provides one-stop shop for window and door manufacturers and installers


Ontario Construction Report staff writer

Set For November 12 -14 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Win-Door North America is a one-stop shop for the window and door manufacturing industry, hosted by Fenestration Canada.

Show chair Matt Kottke says the show, as always, focuses on exhibitors and attendees representing window and door manufacturers and suppliers.

“This is a chance for the exhibitors to introduce new products and technologies,” he said. “Win-Door is a powerful and very specific tool for the industry.  We expect between 2,600 and 3,000 attendees, the entire Canadian industry. Visitors will be able to take advantage of a great lineup of timely topics as part of our educational components and seminars, including the always popular financial forecast and analysis, as well code updates and technical presentations.”

Win-Door offers attendees opportunities to learn about building code changes, something that is also a current Fenestration Canada focus.

Skip MacLean of Tru Tech Doors, Fenestration Canada’s president, says the association has been presenting seminars for door hangers throughout Ontario (the code has been adopted in the province and compliance requirements takes effect in January). “We’ve sold out in Ottawa, London and Toronto,” he says.

“There is a lot of interest and a significant amount of misinformation regarding the upcoming code changes. Building codes are complex, setting out many variables and conditions related to the performance of window and doors. The changes create both challenges and opportunities for fabricators and component suppliers.”

Changes to the Ontario Building Code and NAFS-08 (North American Fenestration Standard), will impact window and door fabricators, sellers and renovators across the province, so MacLean says this update and recap at Win-Door will likely be a big draw.  Manufacturers will also use the event to introduce several new products to address the problems and challenges created by the new codes.

Exhibitor surveys after the last show indicate a strong interest in the industry’s technical aspects, so Win-Door and Fenestration Canada will continue its focus on education, energy savings and marketing programs.

“At the Fenestration Canada AGM in May there was also interest expressed in creating a Fabricators Council. That feedback has been taken into account by the association,” Maclean said. “A council has been formed and the first face-to-face meeting will take place at the show.” The council is intended as a vehicle for fabricators to address issues related to the industry, as well as to provide solutions and support.

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